Toddler 'suffered trauma' at creche in RTÉ exposé
A judge said an offer of a €15,000 settlement was not enough for a four-year-old girl who allegedly suffered psychological injuries while attending a creche seen in an RTÉ exposé.
Judge James O'Donohue in the Circuit Civil Court said the damages offered were not enough. His ruling means the claim by Emilie Kiely will go to a full trial before another judge.
The court heard that Emilie, who attended Giraffe Childcare, at Belarmine Copse, Stepaside, Enniskerry Road, Co Dublin, allegedly "suffered stress, emotional upset and terror". The creche denied liability but made the "without admission of liability" settlement offer.
Emile, who first attended the creche when she was eight months old, was withdrawn from it after the airing of the RTÉ 'Prime Time'.
Barrister Michael Connellan said Emilie was moved to the 'toddlers room' in September 2012. The court heard that her parents, John and Caroline Kiely, of Sandyford Downs, Sandyford, Dublin, noticed changes in her behaviour. Emilie was stressed and would say: "No creche, no creche."
According to documents, the Kiely family were left in shock after watching the TV programme as it allegedly showed the minder they had spoken to screaming at children.
Emilie, through her father John, sued Giraffe Childcare, with a registered office at Adamstown Avenue, Castlegate, Adamstown, Lucan. Her parents have also sued the creche in separate proceedings.